From running for weight loss to core exercises to injury prevention, we covered a lot of running-related ground this year — and learning about cadence as well as ways to build a strong runner’s butt were just icing on the cake. After all, running does a body good.
Here, our 10 most-read running stories of the year, plus a bonus editor’s pick — taking it to 11.
1. What Happened When a Runner Did Squats 30 Days in a Row
Spoiler alert: Squats improve your running. Here’s how this runner did it.
2. Essential Guide to Running for Weight Loss
This guide comes complete with some solid tips and a four-week training plan for beginners.
4. 5 Core Exercises for Runners to Eliminate Back Pain
A lot of running involves doing anything to avoid injury, including these five core exercises to help avoid back pain.
5. A Treadmill Speed Workout Every Runner Should Try
Treadmills are great for speed workouts, and speed workouts help pass the time on a treadmill. It’s a win-win.
6. The 5-Move Core Workout for Runners
Runners benefit from having a strong core, so it’s no wonder two of our top stories this year involve core strengthening.
7. 9 Things No One Tells You About Racing a Half-Marathon
Racing 13.1 miles is no joke, and as much as you train and prepare, you’re going to experience a few unexpected things — but this might help.
8. How Runners Can Drop Those Last Five Pounds
Running for weight loss is a common goal, and dropping those elusive five pounds is no exception.
9. 6 Running Myths to Ignore
Stretching, terrain and fueling myths, busted.
10. 5 Common Running Pains (and How to Fix Them)
Being a runner involves working hard to prevent and/or manage injuries (see number 4). From IT band syndrome to plantar fasciitis to runners knee and more, we’ve got you covered.
11. Can You Spot Your Running Spirit Animal?
Sometimes you just want to read a fun, light story about running — and maybe learn a little about your running personality along the way.